EISENHOWER’S SECRET WAR
2 programs Runtime: 60 minutes each Series $99.99
REVIEW ”‘Eisenhower’s Secret War’ explodes the widely-held belief that our 34th President acted as a national ‘caretaker,’ one who spend much of his time playing golf in Augus- ta, Georgia. Perhaps most significant, it reveals that Eisenhower authorized and, with a few trusted advisors, saw executed a technical revolution in overhead intelligence col- lection. Within a span of eight years they opened the soviet Uni9on and Communist china, Indeed the entire world, to American scrutiny. That revolution ensured that the Cold War stayed ‘cold.’ No subsequent president has contributed as much to our national security.”
R. Cargill Hall, Chief Historian, Emeritus National Reconnaissance Office
PRODUCT INFORMATION This series examines Dwight D. Eisenhower's unwavering commitment -- both public and covert -- to peaceful co-existence with the Soviet Union in the tumultuous and uneasy Cold War years. Based on recent research by established scholars and writers, the two-part documentary series provides a fresh understanding of Eisenhower's path to the presidency and, as president, how his national security policies and tactics kept a divided world at peace during the 1950s. Hosted by journalist and author Evan
Program 1: The Lure of the Presidency The first hour chronicles Eisenhower's fulfillment of his election promise to end the Korean War, after more than 33,000 military deaths. It also follows the grassroots movement to draft Eisenhower as the Republican candidate for president; Eisenhow- er's decision to leave his powerful position at NATO; his fight for the Republican Par- ty's nomination against "neo-isolationist" Sen. Robert Taft; his campaign against Democrat Adlai Stevenson; and finally, his election as the 34th president.
Host Evan Thomas
Program 2: Building Bombs, Talking Peace The second hour recounts President Eisenhower's diplomatic confrontations against the Soviet Union during the early Cold War years, crises prompted by aggressive Kremlin-sponsored action around the world. It also documents his attempts to keep the peace while establishing a clear military superiority for the U.S. During this time, he also faced intense scrutiny domestically, with his political opponents criticizing him for not divulging information about the strength of the U.S. military or the weaknesses of the Soviet Union's nuclear arsenal.